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Trivia (85)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1995).

Ranked #23 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Arrested in Los Angeles, California; charged with drunk driving. [May 1993]

Loves ballroom dancing.

He owns at least two Norton Commando motorcycles whose engines were available in both 750cc and 850cc capacities, the high-compression version being the Combat Commando.

Younger sister, Kim Reeves (born in Australia in 1966). Through his mother, he has a half-sister named Karina Miller (born in 1976 in Toronto). Through his father, he has a half-sister named Emma Reeves (born in 1980 in Hawaii).

Named after his uncle Henry Keanu Reeves. "Keanu" is a derivation of Reeves' great-great-uncle Keaweaheulu, whose name means "the soft breeze raising" in Hawaiian.

Ex-stepson of film and stage director Paul Aaron.

Had job sharpening ice skates.

Was nicknamed "the wall" by high school hockey team De La Salle College "Oaklands".

Father left the family when Keanu was very young.

Was manager of a pasta shop in Toronto, Ontario.

His father was a geologist who served time in prison. He was paroled after serving two years of a ten-year sentence for selling heroin at Hilo Airport (1992).

His mother, Patricia Taylor, was a costume designer for rock stars such as Alice Cooper.

His name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian.

Dropped out of high school when he was 17 to become an actor.

Hobbies include horseback riding and surfing (both inspired from movie roles).

Was MVP on his high school hockey team, where he was a goalie.

Keanu got his abdominal scar from a motorcycle wreck in Topanga Canyon. He was on a "demon ride" (no headlights at night) when he crashed into the side of a mountain. He was hospitalized for a week with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. When the paramedics came to get him, an emergency medical technician trainee picked up one end of the stretcher... then dropped it by mistake! "It made me laugh, but I couldn't breathe!".

When trying out for the roles of Bill and Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), each actor was paired up with another. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were paired up, Reeves trying out for the part of Bill while Winter tried out for the part of Ted. They were cast opposite what they auditioned for.

His first name, Keanu, is pronounced "kee-ah-noo".

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#17). [August 1995]

In November 1999, the baby girl he was expecting with girlfriend Jennifer Syme was stillborn, just a few weeks shy of the actual delivery date. They had planned to name her Ava Archer Syme-Reeves.

(April 2, 2001) His estranged girlfriend Jennifer Syme was killed when her Jeep Cherokee careened onto the wrong side of a Los Angeles road near Highway 101 and smashed into three parked cars. The force of the crash flipped the car over and she was thrown through the windshield. She was killed instantly.

Has appeared in three films whose title contains a US state: Feeling Minnesota (1996), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) and his character in Point Break (1991) was named John Utah.

Was set to reprise his role as Jack Traven in the sequel to Speed (1994) - Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) - but dropped out.

Took a 90% pay cut on his salary on The Replacements (2000) so Gene Hackman could be cast. Previously, he had deferred $2 million of his salary so that Al Pacino could be cast on The Devil's Advocate (1997).

Resides in the Hollywood Hills area, Los Angeles, California, and is said to maintain an apartment in Manhattan as well.

Learned over 200 martial arts moves for The Matrix Reloaded (2003).

Played (bass) in the band Becky which also featured Robert Mailhouse (drums), Paulie Kosta (guitar) and Rebecca Lord (vocals).

Was originally offered the role of Private Chris Taylor in Platoon (1986), which he turned down. The role went to Charlie Sheen.

Was originally cast as Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995) but later backed out of the project. The role went to Val Kilmer.

He attended high school at North Toronto, where his drama teacher was Paul Robert.

Frequently plays men either strapped or sitting in a chair while some type of procedure is performed on him. All three Matrix films, Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Feeling Minnesota (1996), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), John Wick (2014).

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 31, 2005.

Read the script of Constantine (2005) while filming The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

His first theater work was with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts in "The Tempest".

He learned to surf for his role in Point Break (1991)

Very good friends with his Bill & Ted co-star, Alex Winter and has remained in contact with him. Keanu has also contributed cameo appearances and helped with a number of Winter's film projects.

His best friend is his younger sister Kim Reeves.

Has recently left the band Becky with former Dogstar bandmate Robert Mailhouse, due to scheduling conflicts.

Auditioned for the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; but was rejected.

Replaced Val Kilmer as the title role in Johnny Mnemonic (1995) when Kilmer left the project upon being offered the role of Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever (1995). Ironically, Kilmer later replaced Reeves as Chris Siherlis in Heat (1995).

His best friend was actor River Phoenix. He is also friends with River's brother Joaquin Phoenix.

His parents married in Hawaii and divorced in 1966. His mother later remarried Paul Aaron (divorced in 1971) and Robert Miller (between 1976 and 1980).

The character of Jimbo Jones on The Simpsons (1989) is based on his character from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Lent one of his basses (a yellow Fender) to be used in the music video, "100%", by Sonic Youth, to bassist Kim Gordon.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#28) (2007).

Has played a former quarterback from the Ohio State University in two films: Point Break (1991) and The Replacements (2000).

Turned down the role of Racer X in Speed Racer (2008), which eventually went to Matthew Fox.

Joel Schumacher considered him for the role of The Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane) in the fifth Batman movie had Schumacher gone on to direct Batman 5. The failure of Batman & Robin (1997) prevented that from happening.

Was good friends with the late Anthony Quinn. They starred together in A Walk in the Clouds (1995).

Close friends with Speed (1994) co-star Sandra Bullock. He also was among the guests at her wedding to Jesse James (2005).

Keanu's father, who is an American from Hawaii, has English, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, Scottish, and Chinese ancestry, with distant Dutch roots. Keanu's mother is English.

Has named Peter O'Toole as the actor who has influenced him the most.

(August 4, 2001) Played baseball in the Dodgers Stadium, for the 43rd Hollywood Stars Celebrity Baseball Game. His team won 5 to 4. This was the first time Keanu played baseball.

Played ice hockey for the California Senior Hockey League (1995).

When Reeves first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his film career he is sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina.

Was raised in Beirut (since birth until six months), Sydney (until age 3), Upper West Side (Manhattan, New York, until age 6) and in Toronto (until age 21).

Could have been a professional ice hockey player for the Canadian League, could have tried out for the Windsor Spitfires Ontario Hockey League, but set his heart on acting, leaving hockey as a hobby.

Decided to become an actor at age 15 when he was doing Romeo and Juliet in 10th grade.

Was trained for four months in martial arts (kung-fu) for The Matrix (1999) (1998).

Attended the premiere of The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) in Tokyo, Japan. [December 2008]

Attended the 2008 Bambi Awards in Offenburg, Germany. [November 2008]

Attending the IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix as a guest of honor. [April 2009]

Attended a press conference for The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) in Mexico City, Mexico. [December 2008]

Attended the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. [February 2009]

Announced that he is teaming up with friend Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods to launch the Arch Motorcycle Company. [October 2012]

Attended press conferences for The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) in Paris, France and Madrid, Spain. [November 2008]

He starred in three films with actor Udo Kier: My Own Private Idaho (1991), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) and Johnny Mnemonic (1995).

Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Frank Capra and Martin Scorsese are some of his favorite filmmakers.

Is jokingly considered to be immortal due to striking resemblances to Vlad the Impaler and Paul Manet.

Had a bathtub scene in two films with Rachel Weisz, where she sits in the tub with clothes on and he is outside the tub: Constantine (2005) and Chain Reaction (1996).

Writes left-handed, but shoots a gun or performs other actions with his right hand. In The Matrix (1999), he signs for the package with his left hand, but opens the package and holds the phone with his right hand.

He is a popular subject of jokes on the internet due to not having aged very visibly over the course of his career with many joking that he is immortal.

He was among the actors considered for the role of Wolverine in X-Men (2000), before Hugh Jackman was cast.

For a Halloween party as a teenager, Keanu once wore the bunny costume his mother Patricia Taylor had designed for Dolly Parton's 1978 Playboy magazine cover.

Considered for the role of Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers (1997).

In 1991, he coincidentally co-starred in two movies that featured members of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers in minor roles. Flea starred in My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Anthony Kiedis starred in Point Break (1991).

He has appeared in one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Matrix (1999).

According to The Playlist, Reeves was set to star in a cooking film with David Fincher set to direct, though there hasn't been any update since.

Even though Reeves has starred in Shakespearean films and plays, he does believe that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford wrote the works of Shakespeare.

Co-Owner of Arch Motorcycles.

Met Stephen Hamel in 1986, when Hamel photographed Reeves. The two went on to create their production outfit Company Films.

Along with Alex Winter, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch, he is one of only four actors to appear in all three "Bill & Ted" films: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020).